Day 8: Creating Larger-Than-Life Qualities
Step 1: Write down the following:
What is one thing that your protagonist would never, ever say?
Lia would never, ever say that she hope the bad guys would succeed in taking over the city.
What is one thing that your protagonist would never, ever do?
Lia would never, ever walk away from someone who needed help.
What is the one thing that your protagonist would never, ever think?
Lia would never, ever think that she should leave her family to their own devices and live her own life.
Step 2: Find places in your story in which your protagonist must say, do, and think those very things. What are the circumstances? What are the consequences?
Say–Lia must say this when she’s facing resistance about her plan to defeat the bad guys. She loses confidence of several members of the group and this leads to her imprisonment.
Do–Lia must walk away from someone who needs help because she makes the decision that she can save more lives if she avoids this entanglement. This leads to the death of a character and results in the guilt at not helping that character.
Think–Lia thinks this after a particularly mischievous night out with her new friends and realizes how her life could be different if she didn’t constantly worry about her family. This creates a huge amount of guilt and causes her to recommit to her goal of finding them again.